THE RIGHT TO A FUR TRIAL
EXPERT TESTIMONY GOES TO THE DOGS
Few authors would cringe at the thought of their books being talked about on television. Stanley Coren is one of them. When a colleague called him up last week and told him he had seen Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs (distributed by Bantam) displayed on A Current Affair, the University of British Colombia professor was demoralized. ”I don’t know if I like being associated with that circus,” he says.
The circus he’s referring to is the O.J. Simpson trial. For weeks someone from the trial has been trying to convince Coren to come to L.A. to interview Nicole Simpson’s dog, an Akita. ”They want to know if the dog could identify the murderer,” Coren explains. ”Sometimes I forget how lacking in sense of humor lawyers are. I said, ‘You mean ask him to bark once for yes and twice for no?’ and they said, ‘You can do that?”’
Coren believes someone from the trial remembered him from one of his appearances on Dateline NBC or CNN when he was promoting the book’s release last April. ”I have mixed feeling about all the publicity,” he confesses. ”Obviously it’s brought the name of the book up again. On the other hand, I don’t know what that’s going to do to my credibility. My publisher wants to send me on another media tour. I’m afraid some nut is going to come…barking up the wrong tree again.”